South Putnam Man Arrested on Assault Charges

Jul 1, 2015

Randy ByrdA south Putnam County man was arrested late Tuesday night (06/30/15) charged with firing a shotgun earlier in the evening at three teenagers who he claimed were trespassing on his property. Sixty three years old Ronald Eugene Byrd was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without the intent to kill. He was also charged with one count of vehicle theft when he reportedly took a truck the teens were driving in an apparent attempt to hide the vehicle from them. Byrd was released after posting $5,516.00 bond on the four charges.

According to a report by Deputy Anthony Yeomans, the three teens drove a pickup truck, belonging to one of the teens’ father, onto what they thought was public property off Silver Pond Road near Crescent City. According to the teens they parked the truck in order to unload their paddle boat to go fishing. The teens reported that after fishing on the lake, and as they were returning to shore, they noticed their truck was missing, and spotted Byrd standing on the shore with a shotgun. According to the victims, as well as another witness, Byrd began yelling at the teens accusing them of trespassing. He then reportedly fired at least two shots in the area of the teens. According to an independent witness, Byrd’s wife arrived in another car and took the shotgun from her husband and then left the area. It was ultimately determined that Byrd had moved the victims’ truck some distance from where it had been originally parked.

Detective Threasa Owens responded to the scene, and following interviews with Byrd and his wife, the truck and shotgun were recovered. Byrd was then placed under arrest charged with the three counts of aggravated assault, as well as unlawfully taking the victim’s father’s pickup truck. He was booked into the Putnam County Jail without further incident.

One More Arrest from "Operation Heatwave" Drug Dealer Roundup

Jun 30, 2015

Esteban Rodriguez Interlachen, FL: At approximately 1:30PM on Tuesday afternoon, Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Esteban Rodriguez at 141 Dickins Street. Rodriguez was wanted on two warrants for the sale of cocaine. The warrants were obtained during an undercover investigation, conducted by Sheriff’s Drug and Vice Unit Detectives, targeting the sale and delivery of cocaine in the Interlachen area. The charges against Rodriguez were part of “Operation Heatwave”, which was a county-wide roundup of drug dealers conducted by the Sheriff’s Street Crimes Unit as well as Drug and Vice Detectives in May of 2015. Rodriguez’s time on the run ended when Detectives determined he was hiding at the Dickins Street address.

Rodriguez remains in custody on a bond of $40,000.00.

Pair Arrested on Burglary Charges

Jun 30, 2015

Brittany Jardine and Levi Sharp Thirty one years old Brittany Rose Jardine of Satsuma, and 32 years old Levi Wayne Sharp of Palatka, were arrested Monday evening (06/29/15) charged with the burglary and theft from a Hudson Drive residence in Satsuma. Both suspects have been charged with one count of burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and one count of grand theft. Both are presently being held in the Putnam County Jail in lieu of $3,508.00 bond each.

The couple’s trip to jail began when a Satsuma homeowner returned home Monday afternoon and found her house had been broken into. She discovered that antiques and electronics had been taken from her home. leading from the victim’s home to Jardine’s residence.

Detectives Doug Patterson and Brian Hardeman joined the investigation, and during an interview with Jardine, learned that some of the stolen property was located inside her house and that Levi Sharp had been involved in the burglary.

Detectives Patterson and Hardeman obtained a search warrant for Jardine’s house and discovered stolen property inside. Levi Sharp reportedly drove by the scene while the deputies were conducting the investigation and was stopped and interviewed.

Both Jardine and Sharp were placed under arrest without incident and booked into the Putnam County Jail.

Armed Robbery Reported at Interlachen Pharmacy

Jun 30, 2015

Three masked gunman robbed the Community Medical Center pharmacy, in Interlachen last evening (06/29/15) stealing an undetermined amount of money. According to an initial investigation by Deputy Aaron Holland, the men reportedly burst into the store at about 5:15 pm. The robbers were brandishing handguns and ordered the two employees to lie on the floor while they ransacked the store. The three suspects then left business on foot. The two employees weren't injured.

Although the suspects were wearing ski masks, the employees were able to describe the robbers as possibly two Hispanic males and one African American male. It is also suspected that the robbers had a car waiting behind the pharmacy for their getaway.

The crime scene was processed by the Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit and the investigation is continuing by Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detectives.

Photos below are from the cameras at the Pharmacy.

Interlachen Pharmacy Photos

Crescent City Man Arrested on Sexual Battery Charges

Jun 29, 2015

Ricardo Sanchez Eighteen years old Ricardo Sanchez, of Crescent City, was arrested Sunday morning (06/28/15 at 9:00 a.m.) charged with one count of lewd and lascivious sexual battery of a victim under the age of 16. His arrest came following an initial investigation by Deputy Nicholas McMahon. The victim reported to Deputy McMahon that Sanchez had raped her about two weeks prior to the time of the report.

The case was turned over to Detective Lynn Nicely who interviewed both the victim and the suspect. Following the interview with Sanchez, Detective Nicely booked him into the Putnam County Jail charged with the sexual battery.

Sanchez is being held without benefit of bond.

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